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Coming-To-Head, Returning-To-Womb: (E)Soteric Gnosis and Overcoming Gender Dimorphism

Elliot R. Wolfson

in Language, Eros, Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823224180
eISBN:
9780823235377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823224180.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter focuses on the interpretation of the Song of Songs (a biblical book that is significant in the history of Judaism and Christianity), and its hermeneutical ... More


Unresolved and Unresolvable: Problems in Interpreting the Song

Marc Brettler

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The statement that best encapsulates the problems of the Song of Songs is the simile attributed to Sa'adiya Gaon, the head of the Babylonian Jewish community in the tenth century: “It ... More


The Shulammite's Song: Divine Eros, Ascending and Descending

Richard Kearney

in Toward a Theology of Eros: Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226351
eISBN:
9780823236718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226351.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The Song of Songs offers no single, stable perspective from which to view the amorous scenes unveiled on its pages. Most readers of the Song from antiquity to the present ... More


Reading the Song Iconographically

Ellen F. Davis

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Among the most important questions for biblical interpreters to ask is the question of genre: As what are we to read this text? In the modern period, it was Hermann Gunkel who brought ... More


“Where has Your Beloved Gone?”: The Song of Songs in Contemporary Israeli Poetry

Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0024
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In an essay in this book, Ellen Davis contests the predominant scholarly understanding that the Song of Songs gained its place within the canon entirely because the rabbis misread the ... More


The Female Voice: Hildegard of Bingen and the Song of Songs

Margot Fassler

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Hildegard of Bingen was deeply engaged with Scripture, and one of the ways to understand her thought is by tracing her treatment of particular figures from the Bible or especially ... More


The Love Song of the Millennium: Medieval Christian Apocalyptic and the Song of Songs

E. Ann Matter

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The Latin Middle Ages was a period of great Christian interest in the Song of Songs. Judging from the surviving texts, at least twenty Latin line-by-line expositions of Solomon's love ... More


Entering the Holy of Holies: Rabbinic Midrash and the Language of Intimacy

Judith A. Kates

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In the midst of a Mishnaic debate about the canonical status of the books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs—a debate couched in the Mishnah's halakhically technical terms of whether or ... More


The Harlot and the Giant: Dante and the Song of Songs

Lino Pertile

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0020
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In his treatise the Monarchy, Dante argues against those who maintained that the foundation of faith consists in the traditions of the church. He distinguishes three stages in the ... More


Song? Songs? Whose Song?: Reflections of a Radical Reader

Carole R. Fontaine

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0022
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Along with other texts of wisdom literature, the Song of Songs is largely neglected in Protestant churches, especially conservative ones, in favor of primary focus on the Hebrew ... More


Gregory of Nyssa: Reading Animality and Desire

Eric Daryl Meyer

in Inner Animalities: Theology and the End of the Human

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280148
eISBN:
9780823281619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280148.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Chapter 2 takes up Gregory of Nyssa’s homiletic Commentary on the Song of Songs with special attention to Gregory’s exegetical strategies for dealing with extensive animal imagery in the context of ... More


Lyrical Theology: The Song of Songs and the Advantage of Poetry

Tod Linafelt

in Toward a Theology of Eros: Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226351
eISBN:
9780823236718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226351.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter argues that the Song of Songs is best understood as lyric poetry and not as dramatic or narrative poetry, even though it does not entirely fit the category of ... More


Translating Eros

Chana Bloch

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

“Kiss me, make me drunk with your kisses! Your sweet loving / is better than wine”. The great love poem that begins with these words does not follow the conventional romantic plot: boy ... More


“I Am Black and Beautiful”

André LaCocque

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In vivid contrast to the prophetic writings, in which eros is employed only in condemnation, the Song of Songs affirms, even revels in, sensual life. In fact, the Song's eroticism is ... More


In the Absence of Love

Carey Ellen Walsh

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0021
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The Song of Songs has always been a source for exegetical invention. This multiplicity brings about a dynamic encounter between text and reader and, for the author, transforms his sense ... More


A Dilemma of Feeling

Michelle Voss Roberts

in Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257386
eISBN:
9780823261536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257386.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

In Bernard of Clairvaux's Christian exegesis, the biblical love poem, the Song of Songs, is an allegory for the love for God that Christians should cultivate within themselves. Reading him ... More


Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Peter S. Hawkins and Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg (eds)

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This book is edited by a Jew and a Christian who are united by a shared passion for the Bible and a common literary hermeneutic. It joins two biblical scrolls and gathers around them a ... More


The Body of the Text and the Text of the Body: Monastic Reading and Allegorical Sub / Versions of Desire

Mark Burrows

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Flesh as a figure, the realized body, the poetic body, the made body: These describe in a curiously apt manner the imagined world of much of the medieval Christian reading of the Song ... More


The Other Night: Dreaming, Writing, and Restlessness in Twentieth-Century Literature

Herschel Farbman

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228652
eISBN:
9780823235780
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228652.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This book is about dreams. It looks at the works of several authors that make the dream a central concern. “I sleep, but my heart wakes,” says the Song of Songs. “The other night” names the sleepless ... More


Honey and Milk Underneath Your Tongue: Chanting a Promised Land

Jacqueline Osherow

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0023
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Walter Pater said that music is the highest art because in it, form is indistinguishable from content. What the Song of Songs demonstrates is that poetry can achieve the same ... More


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